Columns

Roach: Stars and stripes

This Fourth of July was different. I had been mulling over the notion of adding another banner to accompany the Stars and Stripes to add context to Old Glory.

This Fourth of July was different. I had been mulling over the notion of adding another banner to accompany the Stars and Stripes to add context to Old Glory.

Saying 'so long' to the Avenue Bar

The East Washington institution will make way for the new Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras center, but it's not the first goodbye.

Whatever the how and why, the end of the Avenue Bar is a big deal. It came as close to being a public utility as any Madison restaurant ever has.

Roach: Remote possibility

As we emerge from quarantine, squint at the sun and begin to gather in groups giddy with reclaimed freedom — and return, at least partially, to the office — it is worth pondering how we have changed.

As we emerge from quarantine, squint at the sun and begin to gather in groups giddy with reclaimed freedom — and return, at least partially, to the office — it is worth pondering how we have changed.

Hard-won battles for new UW Athletic Hall of Fame inductee

Tamara Flarup enjoyed a 40-year career in communications at UW Athletics and a front row seat for the rise of women's sports.

She earned her spot after a 40-year career at UW Athletics, but the early days weren't easy for women in sports.

Woman with stage 4 cancer swims toward a new goal for her 70th birthday

Mary Gooze has already helped raise more than $1.5 million for metastatic breast cancer research at the UW Carbone Cancer Center with her 'One Woman, Many Lakes' project.

With a June event, Mary Gooze hopes to raise $70,000 for metastatic breast cancer research at UW Carbone Cancer Center, where she has already helped raise $1.5 million.

Editor's note: It’s about the stories

There’s power in good storytelling, and it’s a responsibility and an honor to get to do it.

There’s power in good storytelling, and it’s a responsibility and an honor to get to do it.

Golden anniversary approaches for the ultimate bar band

It's been nearly 50 years since Dr. Bop and the Headliners featuring The White Raven played its first gig at Nitty Gritty.

It's been nearly 50 years since Dr. Bop and the Headliners featuring The White Raven played its first gig at Nitty Gritty.

New book brings Nellie McKay out of the shadows

The late UW–Madison professor’s groundbreaking work illuminated literature by Black women, but her own life was largely private.

Author Shanna Greene Benjamin describes how the late UW–Madison professor’s work illuminated literature by Black women while she kept her own life private.

Roach: Better Man

The world has been dormant for a year. Life as we knew it has been on hold since last March. But in the midst of this latency period, someone has been working. And his name is Kaleem Caire.

The world has been dormant for a year. Life as we knew it has been on hold since last March. But in the midst of this latency period, someone has been working. And his name is Kaleem Caire.

Editor's note: Welcome to the ’20s

We aren’t roaring — we’re roaming. And ruminating. And reflecting.

We aren’t roaring — we’re roaming. And ruminating. And reflecting. We are being reborn, more curious, more aware and more humble than we were before.

Wonder Bar tales will live on

A proposed development may demolish the Wonder Bar but its stories will outlast us all.

A proposed development to demolish the Wonder Bar has me recalling one of my favorite Jim Harrison lines: “Death steals everything except our stories.”

Patrick McBride says he was 'The Luckiest Boy in the World'

The retired Madison physician's as-of-yet unpublished manuscript details his real-life teenage experiences, the stuff of sports fans' dreams.

Retired physician Patrick McBride's real-life teenage experiences were the stuff of sports fans' dreams, detailed in an as-of-yet unpublished manuscript.

Southern Wisconsin's connection to Ernest Hemingway

40 years ago, Monroe native Larry W. Phillips had an idea that resulted in sharing a copyright with Hemingway’s widow.

40 years ago, Monroe native Larry W. Phillips had an idea that resulted in sharing a copyright with Ernest Hemingway’s widow.

Forest Products Laboratory's wood expert answers the call

After Capitol insurrectionists destroyed historical wooden artifacts and objects, the U.S. Army tapped Madison research engineer Robert Ross for help.

After Capitol insurrectionists destroyed historical wooden artifacts and objects, the U.S. Army tapped Madison research engineer Robert Ross for help.

Roach: The boomers are coming

Although COVID-19 and its variants have not been extinguished from our lives, we can now see a time when the vicious interloper will no longer be hovering over our shoulder.

Although COVID-19 and its variants have not been extinguished from our lives, we can now see a time when the vicious interloper will no longer be hovering over our shoulder.

Editor's Note: Imperfect hobbyist

Creative intentions do not always equal a Pinterest-perfect product.

Creative intentions do not always equal a Pinterest-perfect product.

March Madness comes to super fan Mitch Henck

Now back home in Indiana, the former Madison-area media personality is about to experience the NCAA Tournament in his backyard.

Former Madison-area media personality is about to experience the NCAA Tournament in his backyard.

Heinen: It's time to reimagine State Street

The goal should not be returning State Street to its pre-Black Lives Matter, 1960s-drenched self.

The goal should not be returning State Street to its pre-Black Lives Matter, 1960s-drenched self.

Twenty-two years and counting for 'Jonathan and Kitty’

The popular Madison morning show radio co-hosts have made the Best of Madison list every year since 2003.

Jonathan Suttin and Kitty Dunn have cohosted their radio show for 22 years this month, in an industry notorious for fast goodbyes and constant change.